BUCKS COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS BACK VOTER VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS
Lower Southampton Township Also Joins the Struggle
Mary Ann Gould
Due to the problems with electronic voting systems in the 2004, documented by the Government Accountability Office 's Report , issued in September, 2005, many voters have lost confidence in electronic voting systems. The GAO report concluded that "while Federal efforts to improve the security and reliability of Electronic Voting Systems are under way, key activities need to be completed." And "[u]ntil these efforts are completed, there is a risk that many state and local jurisdictions will rely on voting systems that were not developed, acquired, tested, operated or managed in accordance with rigorous security and reliability standards - potentially affecting the reliability of future elections and voter confidence in the accuracy of the vote count."
In a related story, on Wednesday, February 22, Lower Southampton Township became the nineteenth municipality in Bucks County to adopt a resolution in support of the mandated use of voter-verified paper ballots in Pennsylvania. The Lower Southampton Township Council adopted Resolution 2006-5 unanimously after taking several weeks to consider the proposal made by township resident Connie Fewlass.
Supervisor Mark Hopkins said that he is "very well convinced that we need to have voting machines with verifiable and recordable paper ballots." Supervisor Connie Birrane also spoke in support of the resolution.
The passage of this resolution by the county-wide Bucks County Association of Township Officials and so many municipalities reflects the strong grassroots support for voter-verified paper ballots in all areas of the county. The resolution has also been endorsed by seven former Bucks County Commissioners from both the Republican and Democratic Parties showing the non-partisan support for this issue as well.
Coalition for Voting Integrity